What is CLock.Win32 Ransomware?
CLock.Win32 Ransomware is yet another malware infection that, similarly to Onyx Ransomware, does not actually encrypt your files as it claims. What’s more, this malicious program also feels like it is the work of an amateur. Our malware specialists at Anti-Spyware-101.com say that it might also be a test run because it would not be the first time that such a version hits the web. But even if this ransomware does not really take your files hostage, it can still cause a bit of headache because it blocks some of the main system functions, which makes it more difficult to put an end to this infection. The good news is that you do not need to send any money to these criminals to unlock your computer because we are here with the solution and will show you shortly how you can remove CLock.Win32 Ransomware from your computer. But before you jump to the end, let us tell you how you can infect your system with this ransomware because this is the key for you to protect your machine from more dangerous infections as well.
Where does CLock.Win32 Ransomware come from?
Most cyber criminals tend to use spam e-mails as the main channel to spread their vicious programs. This malware infection has been found to spread this way, too. Today’s spam messages are quite tricky unlike in the past when it was quite obvious if you were looking at a spam. This spam that spreads CLock.Win32 Ransomware could seem to have come from totally believable and reliable-looking e-mail addresses seemingly representing an office, the authorities, an airline, a famous hotel, and so on. The subject is even trickier because it has to be so convincing that you could not resist temptation to open this mail even if you find it in your spam folder. However, it is also possible that this spam can avoid detection by your spam filter and end up in your inbox. The subject usually refers to an invoice that has not been paid or some detail is wrong, a fine you have not settled, and a booking you have made with wrong credit card details.
The biggest problem is not the fact that you cannot stop yourself from opening this spam mail. The worst you can do is to fall for the trick and download the attached file to see it. Unfortunately, this file is a malicious executable file that will activate this attack. In no time the damage could be done. You need to know that if this was a working version, all your important files would be encrypted by the time you could delete CLock.Win32 Ransomware. In this case you are lucky that you will not have to worry about your files at least.
How does CLock.Win32 Ransomware work?
Once you double-click on the file that you saved from the spam e-mail, this infection starts up right away. Unfortunately, it blocks major system functions, such as Command Prompt, Task Manager, and Registry Editor. This can make it a bit more complicated to remove CLock.Win32 Ransomware from your system but not impossible, of course. When the preparations are done, a red warning window appears on your desktop; however, it does not lock your screen and you can easily close this window, too.
This sort of ransom note informs you that you have been infected with this malware and that you have to pay $20 to a PayPal account using this e-mail: “firstname.lastname@example.org.” Obviously, in this case we do not even try to explain why you should not risk paying these criminals because there is no sense to even think about it. As a matter of fact, your files have not been encrypted, so all you need to do as soon as possible is to remove CLock.Win32 Ransomware and restore your system functions. If you wonder how you can do this, please move on.
How can I delete CLock.Win32 Ransomware?
A lot of ransomware programs can be eliminated by simply locating the downloaded malicious file and deleting it. In this case, however, you have to restore the blocked system functions, too, which will take some extra steps. If you follow our instructions below, you could easily do so even if you are not an advanced computer user. Since prevention is very important when it comes to dangerous malware threats such as ransomware, you need to be more cautious with your clicks. Do not open mails that you feel to be questionable, do not visit suspicious websites, do not click on third-party advertisements, and do keep all your programs and drivers always updated. This is the most you can manually do to safeguard your PC. If you are looking for an automated solution, we advise you to install a trustworthy anti-malware application.
Remove CLock.Win32 Ransomware from Windows
- Tap Win+R and type “gpedit.msc” to launch the Local Group Policy Editor. Press OK.
- Choose User Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Ctrl+Shift+Del Options.
- Double-click Remove Task Manager and select Disabled.
- Press OK.
- Now, Select User Configuration\Administrative Templates\System.
- Double-click Prevent Access to the command prompt in the list.
- Select Disabled and press OK.
- In the same list, double-click Prevent access to registry editing tools.
- Mark Disabled and press OK.
- Close the Local Group Policy Editor.
- Tap Win+E.
- Locate the downloaded malicious file and delete it. It could be in default places, such as your desktop, Downloads folder, and %Temp% folder.
- Empty your Recycle Bin and reboot your system.
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